The two keynote speakers will be intertwining their comments, presenting together in the two time slots (Friday night and Saturday morning).
The Reverend Rosemary Bray McNatt is the new president at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California. She is a UU World contributing editor and until June 2014, was senior minister of the Fourth Universalist Society in New York City. A skilled writer and editor, she's a former editor for the New York Times Book Review, and the author of three books, including a memoir, Unafraid of the Dark (Turtleback, 1999). Read some of her essays.
The Reverend Dr. Marlin Lavanhar is Senior Minister at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A lifelong UU, he began his religious life at the North Shore Unitarian Church in Deerfield, Illinois. In 2008, All Souls became the largest UU congregation in the United States, with over 1800 adult members. All Souls offers three worship services on Sunday mornings - a humanist service, a traditional service, and a contemporary service - plus services on some Friday evenings. Read about them. Read one of Marlin's essays. Video from The Leading Edge Conference 2014: Heal the Soul, Heal the World. Read some of the All Souls story.
The Topic: Religious life in our country is undergoing significant change. Unitarian Universalism, with our heritage of working for justice, is also changing – especially as we observe and engage in the movements sweeping our country for racial equity. This is a liminal moment for us as a religious people – we have an opportunity to shape our future right now if we are willing to support and join those on the front lines; if we are open to the changes that will follow. The foundations for our “New Era” are being laid as you read this. With the well-publicized trends of “spiritual but not religious” and the different needs of younger generations in their embrace of faith and spirituality, how can we make our congregations ready to welcome, embrace and engage all who seek us out? What do we need to pay attention to, to prepare for it? Our keynote presenters will tell their stories and share their experiences in ministry, ministerial formation, and congregational life as they explore possibilities for the future.
“UU and Art” is the theme of children’s programming for the Regional Assembly. Children ages 3-12 will engage in a variety of art activities which reflect UU values.
Two childcare providers will be on site at the conference hotel to make sure children have an engaging and fun experience. Children will join their parents for lunch, as part of the conference dining experience. Be sure to fill out the permission forms below!
- The Child registration fee of $100 includes all four conference meals plus the child care.
- The deadline for Child registration is March 16.
- Childcare is from 8:45 am – 5:00 pm on Saturday, April 18.
Regional Assembly workshop tracks will include: Stewardship, Multicultural/Inclusion, Social Justice, Deepening UU, Worship, and New Era. We'll have two sessions for workshops on Saturday afternoon. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend!
Regional Assembly will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Naperville, Illinois (near Chicago).
1801 North Naper Boulevard
Naperville, IL 60563
Guest rooms are available at a special group rate of $89 per night. This rate is good till April 1.
To reserve a room for Friday and Saturday with the discounted rate: BOOK YOUR ROOM ONLINE.
To reserve a room by phone: Call 1-800-514-4684 and use code Unitarian Universalist for the group rate. If you are reserving a room for earlier in the week, you will need to call to get the discounted rate.